Monthly Archive: February, 2010

The Slice of Life Story Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

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Ruth and I hope you are going to take part in the 31-day, Third Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge by writing and sharing a story about your day, each day, during the… Continue reading

Building Bigger Vocabularies Through Books: Part 2 of 2

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Yesterday I posted a document that contained a week-long series of lessons for teaching vocabulary from Willow’s Whispers, a new book by Lana Button and Tania Howells.  Since this type of vocabulary-building teaching… Continue reading

Save the NWP!

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On February 1, the Obama administration released its 2011 budget proposal.   In this proposed budget, funding for the NWP is consolidated with five other literacy programs under a new states-based competitive grants… Continue reading

Building Bigger Vocabularies Through Books: Part 1 of 2

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In this month’s issue of The Reading Teacher, there’s an excellent article, “The Vocabulary-Rich Classroom: Modeling Sophisticated Word Use to Promote Word Consciousness and Vocabulary Growth,”  which deals with ways teachers can broaden… Continue reading

Keeping Joy.

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Too often this business of ours is stressful.  Too often we get worked up over things that don’t really matter. Today’s post is about keeping the joy through it all. The longer I teach, the… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLS: Remembering

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Grading editorials; going through motions; completing the task, when I was smacked with images from four years ago. “Adoption is a choice to consider if you don’t want the baby,” I read aloud… Continue reading

SOLSC: Today’s Challenge and Prizes for the Month-Long Challenge

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge! The Third Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, which will run from Monday, March 1st – Wednesday, March 31st,… Continue reading

What is collaboration?

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Main Entry: col·lab·o·rate Pronunciation: \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt\ Date: 1871 1 : to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor (Merriam-Webster Online) I’ve been learning a lot about collaboration.  Like many learning… Continue reading

Digital Storytelling: Technology & Mentors

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The latest copy of NCTE’s School Talk arrived in my mailbox yesterday.  The present issue is entitled “21st Century Literacies: Young Children Reading and Writing in a Digital World.” Ceil Candreva wrote one… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story CHALLENGE

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The trimester ends in 7 days.  So, beginning last Monday I challenged my students to write every day until the end of the trimester.  (After that, I’ll challenge them to join us here… Continue reading

More on Standardized Testing.

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Have you read the comments to this post?  If not, you should scroll through.  You’ll find a slew of emotions. It is well worth checking out — especially Ryan’s comment, where he shares… Continue reading

Share a Slice of Your Life Today!

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It’s time for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge! In less than two weeks the Third Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, which will run from 3/1 – 3/31, will begin. I’ve… Continue reading

The Most Important Thing about Taking a Standardized Test

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So check this little conversation from Saturday morning.  It’s starring my second grade daughter and me: H:  So, Mom, are you impressed by my test scores? Me:  What? H:  Those are my NWEA… Continue reading

Writing Inspiration

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Last weekend, when we were getting hit with the first big snowstorm, I was looking through our cable guide to find a movie.  A film starring Sean Connery, Rob Brown, and Anna Paquin,… Continue reading

Yes, students CAN publish their writing in two languages!

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“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”  — Joseph Joubert When I was at NCTE less than three months I was captivated with the… Continue reading

Snow Day Poetry Activity

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Schools from Indiana to Pennsylvania (and beyond) are closed today.  While I’m spending time working on the book we’re writing, I’ve also spent close to a half hour on Facebook.  As a result,… Continue reading

Teaching Endings

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On Monday we discussed endings to editorials in my ninth grade class.  This is how the teaching went: Me:  I’ve noticed many of you are ready to write an ending, but aren’t sure… Continue reading

SOSLC

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It’s time for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge! In just a few short weeks the Third Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, which will last for the 31 days of March,… Continue reading

Let this be a reminder to you too!

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I almost lost this: It’s not quite a tragedy, since it is something I could have recovered. Granted it wouldn’t have been much fun and I would have been grumbling on the inside about… Continue reading

Why do you care?

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My students are in the heart of a study on persuasion.  They selected their own topics for their editorials.  What I’ve noticed this week is they are depending more on collecting facts and statistics… Continue reading